Latino vote

Shelley D. Kofler / Texas Public Radio

This year Hispanics made up a larger percentage of early voters in Bexar County – and the state- than they did four years ago.  Democrats believe that will help their candidates.  Republicans aren’t so sure.  Both parties were analyzing the impact of the Latino surge as they made a last push for turnout this weekend.

A record 15.1 million Texans are registered to vote in the November election. And a large number of them are Latinos, who have recently become citizens. But will they come out and cast ballots?

Andrew Schneider from Here & Now contributor Houston Public Media reports.

Florida Sen. Marco Rubio got booed off a stage in Orlando on Sunday, by a crowd that was overwhelmingly Latino.

It happened at Calle Orange, a street festival in downtown Orlando geared toward the city's large Puerto Rican community. The icy reception was an indication of the challenges that Rubio, a Republican of Cuban heritage, has faced in locking down support from Latinos in Florida as the state's Latino electorate has begun to shift to the left.

Ryan Poppe

Democratic vice presidential nominee Virginia Sen. Tim Kaine is hoping to drum up support in Texas for his running mate, Hillary Clinton, ahead of Monday night’s first presidential debate between Clinton and her Republican opponent Donald Trump.

Following speeches in Houston, Kaine made his way to Austin to speak before dozens of Hispanic political leaders from across the state about the assets a Clinton presidency will provide the Latino community.

Ryan Poppe / Texas Public Radio

Latinos make up 17 percent of the U.S. population but hold just one percent of elected offices.  That’s according to the Latino Victory Project, which is raising millions of dollars to change that.  

Two San Antonians behind the effort were front and center at the Democratic National Convention ....making connections for the project.  

At a convention exhibit booth draped in red and blue, volunteers with the Latino Victory Party spread the word about their project launched two years ago.